Practicing Gratitude

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Gratitude, Deepak Chopra

It’s that time of year again.  The time of year when everyone talks about gratitude – Thanksgiving.  It’s become very popular to talk about gratitude.  It’s an important practice to incorporate into your life every day and not just on Thanksgiving.  Perhaps this Thanksgiving can provide a jumping off point for you to begin a daily practice of gratitude.

It doesn’t have to be complicated.  My friend Tamara does her list while she’s in the shower in the morning (sorry Tam!).  I often do mine while I’m walking my dog.  I also do it throughout the day as I see other things in my surroundings that remind me.  For example, if I see a mentally ill person,I will often say, “I’m thankful for my healthy brain”.  It’s true.  My father had Alzheimer’s and I am so thankful that I have a healthy brain.

Being thankful for what you have brings more abundance into your life.  But you have to believe it.  You can’t say out loud, “I’m thankful for all the money I have!” but then think to yourself, “but I wish I had more”.   I’ve found that when I think about where I’ve been in relation to where I am today, I truly believe those things I’m grateful for.  For example, perhaps money is a current topic.  It probably is true you wish you had more because I don’t know many people that don’t wish for more money.  But what if you had only $10 in your savings last year and this year you have $1000.  Wow.  That’s a huge leap.  Doesn’t that make you feel, “wow, I’m really thankful for my financial abundance”.  When you feel it and truly let those words sink into your body, all of your cells start doing a happy dance.  You can feel your energy shift and every bit of you feels abundant and joyful.  That’s where the magic is!

So as you sit down to your thanksgiving feast, really feel what you’re thankful for and see what a difference that sense of gratitude has on your body and your celebration.  And then see if you can continue that gratitude practice each day afterwards.  You might be amazed at the shifts that result from your new practice.

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